Interested person not entitled to file PIL, says SC

who had approached the high court challenging the January 2013 office memorandum issued by the state under which a provision was made to grant pension to the state information commissioners equivalent to the pension payable to the chief secretary, was also an aspirant to the post.

New Delhi: An interested person is not entitled to file a public interest litigation (PIL), the Supreme Court has said while dismissing a plea against an order of the Karnataka High Court which had rejected a petition on the issue related to pension to state information commissioners.

The apex court noted that the petitioner, who had approached the high court challenging the January 2013 office memorandum issued by the state under which a provision was made to grant pension to the state information commissioners equivalent to the pension payable to the chief secretary, was also an aspirant to the post.

Since the petitioner was also an aspirant to the post of the state information commissioner and has made an application seeking such employment as recorded in the judgment and order of the high court impugned, we are of the view that the high court has rightly declined to entertain the writ petition filed by him purportedly in public interest, a bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari said.

It is well settled that an interested person is not entitled to file a public interest litigation. The special leave petition is, accordingly, dismissed, the bench said in its October 1 order.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by a man against the July this year order of the high court which had dismissed his petition.

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